Easy Stir Fry Sauce Without Soy Sauce Recipe

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So you want to make a stir fry from scratch but all of the recipes you search for call for soy sauce? You check out all of your cupboards and it’s the one ingredient you don’t have! You could run back to the shop and pick up a bottle or you could make this stir fry sauce without soy sauce recipe and save yourself time and energy.

Soy sauce is not an essential ingredient in a stir fry sauce, especially if you have plenty of other umami boosters involved. This easy stir fry sauce is also pretty universal and you can use it for countless different kinds of stir fries including chicken and beef stir fry – it’s just worth noting that it is not vegetarian.

This sauce is super easy to make and it stores well in the fridge, so you can make a lot of it and use it when you need it instead of having to make it each time you want to have a stir fry for dinner.

So if you’re wondering how to make stir fry sauce without soy sauce, then this super simple and delicious recipe is for you! It also works super well with my tofu marinade (which also doesn’t call for soy sauce, much like my dumpling sauce and my peanut sauce). And if you’re looking for more stir-fry dishes, check out my pad thai without fish sauce.

Stir Fry Sauce Without Soy Sauce
Stir Fry Sauce Without Soy Sauce

How to Make Stir Fry Sauce without Soy Sauce

This sauce is super easy and it really only involves pouring a few ingredients into a bowl and whisking. There are some speciality Asian ingredients that I call for, but they are all very easy to find in basic supermarkets.

The first step is, in a small mixing bowl, add some hoisin sauce. Hoisin adds a lovely sweetness to the stir fry sauce that actually prevents us from having to add any additional sugar, so it’s a win-win and means that you can make a healthy stir fry sauce without soy sauce!

Ingredients for this stir fry sauce without soy sauce
Ingredients for this stir fry sauce

To the hoisin, add in a bit of oyster sauce. This is one of those ingredients that may seem difficult to get, but I have been in supermarkets all over the world and been able to get it whenever I’ve wanted — including in the Czech Republic and the Republic of Georgia!

The oyster sauce will add a salty umami quality that you get without having to use soy sauce. It works perfectly with all kinds of stir fries!

Adding hoisin and oyster sauce
Adding hoisin and oyster sauce

Next, add some fish sauce to your bowl. Fish sauce is probably one of my favourite ingredients in the world and I use it in so many different applications (from beef stew to tartar sauce to shrimp scampi), but it works perfectly here, as well.

Again, it adds umami and saltiness and is one of the most perfect substitutions for soy sauce.

To add a bit of heat to this stir fry sauce without soy sauce, then make sure to squeeze in a bit of sriracha. And in order to have a bit of tanginess, rice wine vinegar works perfectly. And for some nuttiness, add some toasted sesame oil.

Adding fish sauce and sriracha
Adding fish sauce and sriracha

Now, using a rasp-style grater, grate in a clove of garlic and some peeled, fresh ginger.

If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, you can use about a quarter of the quantity of dried ginger.

Adding ginger and garlic
Adding ginger and garlic

Add a bit of water to dilute and thin out the sauce a bit and whisk vigorously to ensure all is well combined.

Whisking the stir fry sauce
Whisking the stir fry sauce

Then, you can use the sauce immediately or keep it in the fridge to use at your leisure!

Stir Fry Sauce Without Soy Sauce

Stir Fry Sauce Without Soy Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This sauce is quick to put together and makes for the perfect addition to any stir fry!


  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1.5 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a small bowl, combine hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic.
  2. Pour over the water and whisk until fully homogenous. Use immediately in a stir fry or save for later.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 897mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

Making a stir fry sauce without any soy sauce is super easy and maybe even more delicious.

Are you looking for a great stir fry sauce recipe without soy sauce? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments!

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Maggie is the creator behind No Frills Kitchen. She is a world traveller, home cook and recipe developer who loves to experiment with new cuisines and techniques at every chance she gets. No stranger to improvising and making do with the equipment and ingredients she has available, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Read More


    • This recipe isn’t intended to be soy allergy friendly – it is merely for those who don’t have or have run out of soy sauce 🙂

  1. This recipe came to the rescue!! Middle of cooking up my stir fry before I realized I didn’t have any soy sauce left. 🙏🏻 Thank you thank you thank you! Saved my evening 😀


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